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Retiring Old Glory

Ceremony held by Williams American Legion Post to dispose of damaged, frayed flags

August 24, 2012
Teresa Wood ( , The Daily Freeman Journal

WILLIAMS - "We thank you Lord for blessing us with the privilege of living under this flag," invoked Williams American Legion Post 633 Chaplain Don W Williams at the flag retirement ceremony Wednesday night at the Williams Community Center.

The ceremony was conducted to dispose of 350 United States, Iowa and POW flags with dignity and honor, said Williams Legion Commander Wayne Wahlert.

After the Color Guard presented the colors and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited, the nine Legion members proceeded to place the flags on a fire fueled by propane.

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"Our Heavenly Father, we pray that you will be with us tonight as we dispose of these flags in an honorable and respectful way," continued Williams. "Many of them have flown over the graves of our comrades. May they rest in peace in your loving care."

Following the disposal of the flags, Legion members presented a 21-gun salute and "Taps" was played.

Flag etiquette calls for disposal by fire when an American flag is no longer serviceable. If frayed or torn, a flag should be retired, according to Legion members

The Williams American Legion last conducted a flag retirement ceremony in 2009, said Wahlert.

Persons wishing to dispose of a weathered or non-serviceable flag may contact a Legion member or deposit it at the designated box at the Iowa Falls Bank in Williams.



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